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Inside this issue: September Meeting: Fundraising Management Up, Down and Sideways |September Webinar: How to Grow Your Monthly Giving Program without Breaking the Bank | Join the AFPNWO Board |Health Philanthropy Summit | Apply for the Chamberlain Scholarship | Apply for AFP's Diverse Communities Scholarship | Thank you Renewing Members | AFPI's Top Ten Fundraising Tips | Stay Connected | Mark Your Calendar | Donate to the BE the CAUSE Campaign

Special Section: NPD Honoree Profile | Volunteer Recognition Awards | Join us for the National Philanthropy Awards Luncheon | Sponsor the 31st Annual NPD Awards Luncheon

Professional Development Luncheon Meeting
Fundraising Management
Up, Down and Sideways:
How to Get the Best Results

September 26 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline: September 21
Toledo Club: 235 14th St, Toledo, OH 43604
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Presented by:

  • Dasa Dzierwa - Associate Vice President, ProMedica Foundation - profile
  • Dan Stong, CFRE - Executive Director, ProMedica Toledo and Toledo Children’s Hospitals - profile
  • Kris Theisen - Senior Director of Development for the College of Engineering, Wayne State University - profile
  • Jenny Goldberg, CFRE - Vice President, Aly Sterling Philanthropy (moderator) - profile

CAREERIn this session panelists will address managing up, down and sideways in a fundraising operation.

If you manage fundraisers, you will find some tips for getting the best results. If you are a fundraiser eager to move into management of staff, you will get a feel of the day-to-day tasks of managers and how they balance their own fundraising goals against managing the goals of others.

We will also address managing up—what happens when you need to work with your manager, an executive or someone in another department for a fundraising project.

Submitted for 1.0 CFRE credit; documentation

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FREE Webinar
10 Ways to Supercharge Your Storytelling

October 16 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 12
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Presented by Shanon Doolittle - fundraising and storytelling coach at Voice for Good

Shanon DoolittleThe secret is out! Raising money is much easier when you tell a story. A story that motivates a donor to give. But how do you write a compelling story? And what makes a good story great? If you want to hook your reader and reel them in for good, then you’ll need a basic understanding of storytelling formulas and techniques that make a story memorable..

During this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Why storytelling is the ultimate tool to engage and connect with donors
  • Practical and actionable ways to improve your storytelling skills and fundraising results
  • What elements every good story needs if you want your donors to give

Approved for 1.0 CFRE credit; documentation

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November 20 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
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The 100% Fallacy: Common Presumptions that Hold your Fundraising Back

December 4 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
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Building a Culture of Philanthropy


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October 24 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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December 12 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Professional Development Luncheon Meeting 
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Stay Connected

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Social media is the ideal platform for fundraisers and nonprofit executives! It allows us to communicate in real time, reach out to each other when we have questions, and engage with each other across platforms. Click on the buttons above to connect with AFPNWO's three platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.




AFPI's Top Ten Fundraising Tips

Top 10Need some tips on how to do your job better? Or maybe just a reminder on some key skills, the insight on the latest research, and the latest, coolest ideas from the best minds in the fundraising profession?

Each week, AFP gathers the top blog posts, videos, articles and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals.

1. Five Capital Campaign Strategies to Energize Your Annual Fundraising

2. Seven Best Practices: Make the Perfect Online Ask to Your Donors

3. Fundraising Performance Metrics: How to Analyze Donor Data for New Strategies

Click here for more of this week's top ten.





BE the CAUSE Campaign
A chance to invest in yourself, your chapter, your profession

Be the Cause supports the AFP Foundation, which in turn provides:

  • One Chamberlain Scholarship annually to your chapter that covers the registration fees (~ $800) to AFP’s International Conference – chapter members can apply here [provide link].  Our chapter in addition provides a $500 grant to the awardee to help defray travel expenses.
  • Other professional development opportunities for members;
  • A grant back to your chapter based on the total amount of funds you and your chapter’s members raise;
  • Support for research in your field; and
  • Scholarships and other programs to expand current diversity and inclusion efforts.

This year we have a unique opportunity.  In addition to keeping $375 if we raise $1,500, we will be able to keep any money raised by the chapter above $1,500.  So if we raise $2,000 we get $375 plus keep $500 for a total of $875!!!

Why is this important?  We plan to use this money in 2019 to provide better benefits to retain current members and underwrite efforts to recruit new members.

Now, you have the opportunity to impact our local AFP chapter by making a meaningful gift  to the Be the Cause campaign. Whether you give $10 or $10,000, every gift leads to the success of our chapter and our profession.

As of June, 100% of our Board members had contributed.  Please join us!

If you have already given, thank you so much!

Two Ways to Give

1) Click here to donate by credit card online.
To make sure our chapter gets the contribution, either log in at the top:
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or select 2018 BE the CAUSE in the campaigns drop-down and then select AFP OH, Northwest Chapter under Chapter designation toward the bottom of the screen:

2) Complete the BE the CAUSE pledge form: Use this form to donate by check or if you wish to pay in easy payment installments. You can ask for payments to be made from your credit card automatically or ask to be reminded to pay your pledge on specific months.

Questions? Contact Campaign Chair, Sandra Migani Wall, PhD, or Jacquie, AFPNWO Chapter Administrator, at (330-329-2472).


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Honoree Profile:
Taylor Brubaker, Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 18-23:
nominated by Kelly Anderson, University of Findlay

Taylor BrubakerBorn and raised in Mount Gilead, Ohio, Taylor Brubaker grew up in agriculture. At a very young age, Taylor learned the importance of responsibility and compassion as well as the notion of giving back to her community. In fact, one of the main reasons she chose to attend the University of Findlay was its reputation for giving back to the community through service.

Taylor received multiple scholarships during her undergraduate career, scholarships funded by university donors, all of which ensured her Findlay education. Her core values motivated her to give back to the university that gave her so much, making her a natural fit for the Student Development Officer position she held within University Advancement.

Through leadership and dedication, Taylor was a key part of the creation and launch of the Philanthropy Honor Cord Program, a program that educates current students about the importance of philanthropy while providing opportunities to give back their time and financial resources. This program is designed to enhance the previously existing graduating class gift program through a series of formal requirements in order to earn a philanthropy honor cord to be worn at commencement.

Taylor Brubaker

Taylor Brubaker

Taylor worked diligently to promote the Philanthropy Honor Cord program


Taylor devoted countless hours hosting and planning a range of educational sessions (multiple hour long sessions each week of the academic year), tracked components for each student in the senior class, created personalized follow up for each student eligible for a philanthropy cord, and coordinated the creation of new initiatives that would grew the program. Her goal was to make sure other students had access to the same opportunities she had, a goal she achieved as she motivated hundreds of students to pay it forward for scholarships for incoming freshman.

Since the launch of the Graduating Class Philanthropy Honor Cord Program, University of Findlay has seen a 60% increase in dollars raised by the senior class, a 31% increase in the number of senior donors, and a 27% increase in the number of seniors earning a philanthropy cord. Most notably, the number of service hours completed (just over 3,000 this year) by the senior class increase by over 200%. 

Taylor Brubaker

University of Findlay graduates model their green philanthropy honor cords

Taylor recently graduated from the University of Findlay, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is now a physical therapist at Mohican Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in Bucyrus, Ohio.

Taylor Brubaker

Taylor graduated this spring wearing her own honor philanthropy cord


Join us for the National Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on November 14th

On November 14, 2018, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northwest Ohio Chapter will celebrate our 31st Annual National Philanthropy Day!

This is an opportunity for you to join us in showing your gratitude for those who have significantly contributed to the welfare of our communities in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan and highlight those who are positively impacting the quality of life in our region. By doing so, you inspire our communities to celebrate and practice the spirit of philanthropy that results when everyone works together to “Change the World With a Giving Heart.”

Be sure to reserve your sponsorships or tickets for November 14th and join us for this celebration of philanthropy in our community!




2018 Volunteer Recognition Awards

These volunteers have been recognized by the organizations they have impacted through their generous gifts of time and resources.

Julie & Michael Beazley
nominated by Imagination Station

William Berry
nominated by NAMI Greater Toledo

Janis Brown
nominated by Lott Industries

Sherri L. Brumbaugh
nominated by The University of Findlay

Dorothy L. Kern
nominated by ProMedica Foundation

Annette Meklus
nominated by St. Ursula Academy

Jim & Bonnie Nally
nominated by Sunshine Communities

Kris Parker
nominated by Toledo School for the Arts

Ed Pohlman
nominated by Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity

Lura Romei
nominated by Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice

Kate Swartz & Jordyn Taylor
nominated by Down Syndrome Association
of Greater Toledo

Chuck Williams
nominated by Ohio Living Foundation

John & Darcy Yates
nominated by St. Joseph Parish Sylvania





Sponsor the 31st Annual NPD Awards Luncheon

Click here to complete the sponsorship form

You can be part of this unique celebration by becoming a sponsor of the awards luncheon. Historically, 400-450 philanthropists, community leaders, nonprofit professionals, and friends and family members attend this event. We encourage you to use this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the honorees, thank special donors and volunteers, and promote your organization.

This grid below the differences between the sponsor levels, and the benefits are more fully described here.

Sponsor Grid

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Creative services for ads is available upon request. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dasa at or Jacquie at

We are looking forward to partnering with you at National Philanthropy Day in November!




AFP International Conference

Apply for the Chamberlain Scholarship

Application deadline: October 12, 2018

The Chamberlain Scholarship provides a free registration to the AFP International Conference (actually, you pay $10) and $500 towards travel expenses (a $1,190 value).


  • Applicants must be AFP Northwest Ohio Chapter members.
  • Applicants must never have attended an AFP International conference.
  • Preference will be given to nonprofit organizations with limited resources and individuals new, or relatively new, to the field of fundraising. AFP is particularly interested in providing support to individuals working in smaller, emerging, and grassroots organizations that have not previously participated in AFP.

This year's scholarship will be for the 2019 AFP International conference, which will be held in San Antonio, TX, March 31 through April 2.

Click here for more info about the scholarship and to apply.




AFP International Conference

Apply for AFP's Diverse Communities Scholarship

Application deadline: October 31, 2018

AFP International also offers a scholarship to the AFP Conference. If you qualify for their diverse communities scholarship, we encourage you to apply for both - the Chamberlain and the Diverse Communities - to double your chances!

Diverse Communities Criteria:

  • I am a fundraising professional who self identifies as coming from an eligible diverse community as defined by AFP (African-American/Black, Asian, Disabled, Faith-based, GLBT, Hispanic, Jewish or Rural)
  • I am a fundraising professional or fundraising executive director employed by an eligible AFP diverse community where 50% or more staff members are from that diverse community.
  • I work for a nonprofit organization that serves a 50% or more eligible AFP diverse community client base.

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Thank You Renewing Members!

Thank you to everyone who renewed their membership in August:

b Elizabeth Brown, Lima Symphony

b Nina Corder, Women of Toledo

b Danielle D Davis, CGA, Collingwood
Arts Center

b Mike George, Toledo Community

b Kelle Pack, St. Luke's Hospital Foundation

b Jan L. Ruma, CFRE, Hospital Council of
Northwest Ohio

b Sandra Migani Wall, PhD, Telesis

We thank you for your commitment to our Chapter!




Health Philanthropy Summit

Register for the 4th Annual Health Philanthropy Summit

For Health Giving’s fourth annual Health Philanthropy Summit, we will explore new fronts as we INNOVATE, INTEGRATE and MOTIVATE! Although the focus is on the healthcare industry, the principles apply to all fundraising activities.

Join the excitement as we bring together industry experts and partners from across the nation to exchange invaluable knowledge and insights. This year's sessions will cover cutting-edge developments in philanthropy, the shifting landscape of healthcare, challenges facing fundraisers, and positive future strategies available.

The conference will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 9:30 am - 4:00 at Southwest General Health Center’s Williams Conference Center. Tuition is as follows:

  • Clients of Health Giving - $0
  • Members of Ohio Association for Healthcare Philanthropy - $90
    (click here to join OAHP for $50)
  • Early Bird - $150 ... This reflects a 20% discount off the $180 standard price
    if you register by September 30th!

We will be submitting the conference for 5.25 CFRE credits.

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Join the AFPNWO Board

Do you love AFP and the benefits it provides to our profession? If you are an active AFP member, we would love to have you on the Board of Directors. Being on the Board means you have a role in deciding the direction of the chapter and what programming we offer to fundraising professionals throughout our community.

If you would like more information about serving on the Board, please contact Dr. Sandra Migani Wall, Chair, Committee on Directorship, at



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